Skip to content

Research Agenda


International Development Cooperation

Objective: To analyse the role of the different actors of international development cooperation (domestic and international players, multilateral and bilateral agencies, state and non-governmental organisations, private foundations and social movements) in the construction of agendas and their contestation, programme implementation, definition and diffusion of norms, focused on cases of North-South, South-South and triangular cooperation.

Comparing Brazil and Emerging Powers

Objective: To explore, via comparative analysis, the foreign policy and the international integration of Southern emerging powers (South Africa, Brazil, China, India, Mexico, Turkey) and their role in international regimes (security, development, trade, etc.) and in processes that aim at the reform of global decision-making architecture (UN, G-20, IMF). Based on their respective development models, multilateral experiences, domestic policies and regional integration patterns, to understand the forms and the reasons why they mobilize their resources of power, define alliances and coalitions.

Climate change and human rights in international politics

Objective: To analyse contemporary agendas related to climate change and human rights, with an emphasis on tensions between public and private interests, as well as the interplay between domestic and international dimensions in the definition of regulatory mechanisms (public, market and social). Analyse the role of international organizations in the construction and dissemination of norms, as well as their influence on the domestic agendas of States. Understand the role of civil society organisations, activism networks and social movements in OI-market and OI-State relations. Understand how regional and emerging powers deal with human rights and climate change into their respective foreign policies, as well as the process of reforming global governance institutions in response to the emergence and institutionalization of such issues in contemporary multilateralism.


Globalization, development and cooperation

Objective: To develop critical studies of the processes of globalization and transnationalisation, in the light of new actors and socioeconomic cartographies. To analyse the agenda of bilateral and multilateral international agencies to promote development and policies of international cooperation implemented by state and non-governmental organizations. To understand North-South and South-South forms of cooperation, the construction of agendas, complementarities and tensions verified in the discourses and practices of international cooperation.
Researchers: Maria Elisa Huber Pessina, Rubenilda Sodré dos Santos, Osvaldo Barreto Filho, Elga Lessa de Almeida e Elsa Sousa Kraychete

International organizations and global governance

Objective: To understand the role of international organizations in the constitution of systems of global governance, deconstructing the discourses on “good governance” in three main thematic fields: global governance and regional integration spaces; global environmental governance and international human rights regime; the world public sphere, transnational civil society, cosmopolitanism and global citizenship.
Researchers: Denise Cristina Vitale, José Célio Andrade

Social and economic history of international realations

Objective: To develop historical studies of international relations, favouring the formation processes of Brazil and Brazilian foreign policy. To promote research based on diplomatic official documents in national and foreign archives.
Researchers: José Arivaldo Sacchetta